Alberta will see relief from the persistent dry conditions across the province over the coming days.
Scattered showers will persist into the day on Monday, with snow and mixed precipitation possible near the mountain peaks.
Calgary receives about 94 mm of rain in a typical June. With 30-50 mm of additional rainfall in the forecast for parts of the Calgary metro area, we’re looking at more than half a month’s worth of rain falling in just a couple of days.
Forecasters warn that there is widespread potential for non-severe thunderstorms on Monday. The main threats associated with these storms are strong wind gusts and small hail.
Widespread totals of 20-50 mm of rain are expected from the Elbow Region down toward the southeastern corner of the province. Most of the rain will remain south of Edmonton, where less than 10 mm of rain is expected.
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Precipitation on the Prairies has been an all-or-nothing story for the past couple of months. While folks over in Manitoba can’t catch a break from the persistent flooding, it’s been tough to come by much rain across the west recently.
Much of southern Alberta has seen less than half of its normal rainfall over the past 90 days. This upcoming round of steady rainfall will help wet the soils and begin to reverse some of the damage this prolonged dry spell has caused.
The dryness has led to an increased fire danger for much of the region. Stay alert for potential evacuation notices if you’re in southern Alberta or southern Saskatchewan. Officials ordered an evacuation on Friday due to a wildfire burning north of Crimson Lake in Clearwater County.
Near the end of the week, warmer temperatures and drier conditions will move in and persist through next weekend.
Check back frequently for updates on conditions across Alberta.